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Report: Ratliff at odds with Cowboys over rehab


Hopefully the Cowboys’ “secret sauce” goes well with beef.

As if not having defensive tackle Jay Ratliff for the first six weeks of the season wasn’t bad enough, they may now have a conflict between him and team employees.

According to Calvin Watkins of, Ratliff hinted at issues with the team’s strength and conditioning staff, a day after he was placed on the reserve/PUP list with hamstring and groin injuries.

Ratliff did not rehab at the team facility this offseason. Asked today why he didn’t,  he replied: “That’s a good question”

“I do, but rather not say,” Ratliff said. “ Let’s just keep the focus on these guys going out there playing and winning games. I’m not going to be here and be a distraction to everybody. Just stay professional about the whole situation, but everyone involved knows what’s going on.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones denied any knowledge of an issue, which has kept Ratliff off the field since the pre-camp conditioning run.

“Absolutely I’m disappointed, but everyone knows what the issue was way beforehand,” Ratliff said. “Everyone knows what it was since last year, much more, I’m not going to go into much more detail other than that.

“It’s not a hamstring tweak. That’s all I have to say about that.”

Ratliff was given some latitude in dealing with his condition, but he’s obviously not on the same page with the team, giving them one more problem to solve.

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7 Responses to “Report: Ratliff at odds with Cowboys over rehab”
  1. calicowboysfan86 says: Aug 28, 2013 5:43 PM

    Can’t really tell if he wants to come back and play or not…

  2. lonskils says: Aug 28, 2013 5:58 PM

    He’s lived off this team for free for about 2 years now. Time to cut bait.

  3. trollaikman8 says: Aug 28, 2013 6:17 PM

    Just accept the cap hit and let this cancer walk/hobble.

    This, like many other things, is Jerry Jones fault.

  4. floratiotime says: Aug 28, 2013 6:32 PM

    It’s always someone else’s fault.

  5. romoscollarbone says: Aug 28, 2013 6:39 PM

    Very clearly this guy is angling to get chopped. But he can’t since he’s on the PUP. Not good.

  6. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 28, 2013 8:48 PM

    Time to move on Jerry. Ratliff is done.

  7. abninf says: Aug 28, 2013 9:21 PM

    Keep it in house, Jay. You aren’t on the Jets roster.

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